Welcome to our Independent Centre

Our centre is indebted to the work of the Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred MA academic initiative which was located in Canterbury, UK between 2006 and 2021. Building on that initiative, our individual Faculties offer studies in the Arts and Humanities, Goethean enquiry and Heart Sense, myth and symbolic cosmology (including astrology and divination), esoteric philosophy, transpersonal psychology and much more. In times when education and learning has fallen under a reductionist view, we offer a space where wisdom, imagination, intuition and self- knowledge come together. We hope to reclaim something of the depth and breadth of learning which is fast being lost in current educational organisations, and offer enriching lectures, webinars, courses, podcasts and much more which explore life and world-changing epistemologies, visions and experiences. We create a space within which to engage with ‘impossible’ subjects which outreach the limits of the rational mind and require a new, imaginal voice which combines vision with discernment. It is a space in which you are invited to participate – a ‘mystery school’ for our challenging times – in order to heal the age-old split between head, hands and heart; mind, soul and body; divinity, humanity and nature. 

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Why are we doing this?

We believe that as we move into the future, it is becoming ever more vital to preserve an integrative, soul-based approach to learning about our deep selves, our relationship to nature, the cosmos and the ‘bigger picture’ of our spiritual identity. In our view, sustainability is not just about creating a new vision for environmental concerns and the health of our planet, but must include a new vision for cognitive health through revisioning educational principles to include the full spectrum of human ways of knowing. This includes the intuitive, the enchanted, the magical, the mysterious and the ineffable as well as the empirical—insights evoked by dream, by myth, by symbol, by altered states of consciousness, by creative imagination and spiritual vision. Most importantly, we promote a conscious reflexivity, and what Jeffrey Kripal calls “the prophetic function of the humanities” – to dare to move into uncharted territories of questioning and exploration of our own personal and cultural assumptions about the nature of reality and knowledge, and create new paradigms. As Kripal observes,

“We are in the midst of a global climate crisis and another great extinction event … and if we do not recognize that we ourselves and our most cherished beliefs are themselves the problems, how can we effectively address such a global crisis?”

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